Some never before seen pieces of vintage baseball memorabilia and high-grade sports cards will headline Mile High Card Company’s Holiday Premium Catalog Auction, which kicks off Monday and runs through Wednesday, December 3.
As MHCC traditionally does with their year-ending event, this auction has been limited to 577 total lots with a broad array of higher-caliber, one-of-a-kind items.
“We’ve had the opportunity to offer some incredible items this year, and the magnificent selection that this auction has to offer is going to be particularly special for world-class memorabilia collectors as well as sports card enthusiasts,” said Mile High President Brian Drent.
Indeed, the first six lots are attention grabbing and include a 1911 Addie Joss Benefit Game original panoramic photograph, the only known 1915 Boston Red Sox ornate silk pillowcase featuring Tris Speaker, sweet-spot signed baseballs of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Roberto Clemente, the finest known 1888 A35 Goodwin “Baseball Champions” Premium Round Album, items from the career of Ray Collins including a 1912 World Champions engraved shaving kit and a rare 1932 World Series photo montage featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Several ultra high-grade vintage sports cards will be on the block including the only 1967 Topps Rod Carew rookie card in existence graded PSA 10 (from the Dmitri Young collection). Other baseball rookie cards include 1957 Topps #24 Bill Mazeroski PSA 10 (1 of 1), 1965 Topps #16 Astros Rookies Joe Morgan PSA 10 (1 of 2), and 1966 Topps #288 Dodgers Rookies Don Sutton PSA 10 (1 of 2). Also offered is the incredibly difficult 1951 Bowman #20 Tom Landry RC (1 of 2), 1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton RC and 1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana RC, all graded PSA 10.
In all, 135 lots in the auction carry the distinction of a PSA 10 grade, but there are other high-grade cards that collectors have been waiting years if not decades to get a shot at, including 1887 N172 Old Judge John “Monte” Ward PSA 6 EX/MT (highest ever graded), 1933 Goudey #2 Dazzy Vance PSA 8 NM/MT, 1935 Diamond Stars #54 Hank Greenberg PSA 9 MINT, 1936 Diamond Stars #103 Bill Dickey PSA 8 NM/MT, 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax PSA 8.5 NM/MT+, 1958 Bell Brand Dodgers Sandy Koufax PSA 9 MINT (1 of 2), 1968 Topps #177 Mets Rookies Nolan Ryan PSA 9 MINT, and 1963 Kahn’s Wieners Jerry West PSA 9 (the only PSA 9 ever awarded in the entire set).
Mile High usually offers some complete graded sets from the PSA Registry and the Holiday Auction is no exception. Among the offerings: the #7 ranked Topps Desert Shield set, the number 2-rated 1958 Hires Root Beer set and the number one-rated set of the rare test issue 1968 Topps Teams.
A significant run of autographed George Burke photos featured in this auction include baseball immortals Honus Wagner, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, and Walter Johnson as well rarely seen autographed photos of Al Simmons, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Herb Pennock, Dazzy Vance, Jim Bottomley, Ed Walsh, Chief Bender and Hack Wilson, among others.
MHCC is actively accepting consignments for its Spring auction. Call (303) 840-2784, email [email protected] or visit their website at www.milehighcardco.com if you have a potential consignment or to register for bidding in the Holiday Premium Auction.